Total Export https://totalexport.net Industrial Export Packaging and Custom Crating Fri, 14 Jan 2022 17:04:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Basic Nailess Solution Now Available https://totalexport.net/bns/ https://totalexport.net/bns/#respond Fri, 14 Jan 2022 16:45:16 +0000 https://totalexport.net/?p=3313 Total Export is pleased to announce that we will be supplying BNS crates to our customers. Save on crating and storage costs.

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What is BNS?

The Basic Nailess Solution (BNS) is a sturdy, long lasting packing option made of metal and plywood. This combination of materials produces a light and exceptionally strong box for your shipping and packaging needs. Premium materials used in the crate’s construction ensure durability. Birch plywood keeps the paneling lightweight without compromising integrity. Steel chamfered edges offer superior safety during handling. Galvanized metal corners, lid band, and joint fasteners provide the strength of a standard cleated plywood crate.

Key Features

  • Ease of assembly and dismantling without special tools
  • Collapsible walls provide overall reduction of shipping, storage, and handling costs
  • Reducing labor while increasing onsite production space generate maximum customer value
  • Reduced weight and transportation costs
  • No banding, nailing, stapling or adhesives required for repeated uses
  • UN-certified available and all crates are ISPM-15 certified

Total Export and BNS

Total Export will continue our regular custom crating services and will now offer BNS as a low-cost alternative for our customers. Let Total Export help you get the same protection for your products as you would have with conventional crates for less money. Additionally, the BNS crates take 60% less time to assemble versus a custom crate meaning less labor costs. The crates are also lighter, 30% less tare weight, so transportation is cheaper.

Ask us how you can leverage BNS crates for your next shipment at +1-612-788-9777 ext. 4 or email mharrington@totalexport.net.  

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What is Transloading? https://totalexport.net/what-is-transloading/ https://totalexport.net/what-is-transloading/#respond Wed, 05 May 2021 11:17:53 +0000 https://totalexport.net/?p=1129 When you have items that need to move from one mode of transportation to another, you’re dealing with transloading.

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When you have items that need to move from one mode of transportation to another, you’re dealing with transloading. In most cases, transloading occurs when an object or container is picked up from the port after being dropped off by ocean freight, then brought to a warehouse where it is unloaded and stored until it’s ready for final delivery via cargo truck.

When is Transloading Necessary?

There are particular instances when transloading services are most likely needed:

  1. To encourage customers to empty containers so freight boats can use them for other shipments, ocean carriers charge far more than warehouses to occupy their containers past a certain number of days. If you are importing or exporting long distances, transloading can help you save on per diem, or detention, costs. Warehouse storage is significantly less expensive than ocean container storage.
  1. When a single shipment needs to be unloaded, unpacked, and split out onto multiple pallets and trucks for distribution, transloading is your best option. Professional packing and shipping businesses will do the work of repacking and loading your cargo onto the appropriate vehicle, giving you peace of mind that your items will arrive safely.

Transloading vs. Cross-Docking

Transloading should not be confused for cross-docking. In cross-docking, multiple boats or shipments come into one particular dock where items are consolidated and placed on trucks for delivery to retailers and suppliers within 24 hours of being dropped off.

On the other hand, transloading is specific to instances where the shipments are stored within a warehouse to be put onto pallets. Often, ocean containers are floor-loaded, so repackaging for truck travel can help reduce storage costs and increase the efficiency of inventory delivery.

Total Export, Inc. Provides All-in-One Transloading Services

We specialize in packing your items safely and effectively, no matter how delicate, heavy, or oversized. We take the time to choose measurements and materials to ensure that your items arrive intact and at a fair cost. Additionally, we have over 60,000 square feet of warehouse space, and we are in a drop-free zone just steps from the Northeast Minneapolis rail yard. That means that getting your shipment on its way won’t cost you any extra!

Give Total Export, Inc. a call (612-788-9777) to learn more about ways that we work tirelessly to ensure that each and every customer has a positive, stress-free experience while working with us to solve all of your shipping woes.

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3 Key Look-Fors When Choosing Packing and Crating Companies in Minnesota https://totalexport.net/3-key-look-fors-when-choosing-crating-companies-in-minnesota/ https://totalexport.net/3-key-look-fors-when-choosing-crating-companies-in-minnesota/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2021 18:24:53 +0000 https://totalexport.net/?p=1106 When it comes to protecting your business capital and investments, choosing the right packing/crating company in Minnesota could be the difference between a successful shipment and an absolute disaster

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When it comes to protecting your business capital and investments, choosing the right packing/crating company in Minnesota could be the difference between a successful shipment and an absolute disaster. That’s why it pays to spend some time looking into your shipping service options before making a final decision. You should look at websites, ask around with family and friends, and read online reviews to get an initial list of potential businesses to work with, then narrow down your list from there. 

Of course, finding the exact right team for the job can be challenging, especially if you’ve never worked with a shipping and crating company before. We can help! Here are three key look-for when choosing packing companies in Minnesota:

Quality Materials 

A quality shipping experience requires quality materials. Subpar, shoddy crates aren’t going to provide nearly as much protection as expertly-chosen and well-utilized skids, boxes, containers, and protective wrapping. The packing and crating company you choose should be able to walk you through a range of options with finesse and expertise, pinpointing exactly the right design and materials needed to get your investment delivered safely. 

Convenience and Customer Care

Don’t waste time going to multiple companies for packing and shipping when it’s possible to get it all in one place. Total Export, Inc. creates custom solutions for items that are too big, too heavy, too delicate, or too hazardous for you to handle yourself. We’ll put together the required paperwork, design, and build a custom solution that may include crates, skids, boxes, corrosion, or the shock protection your shipment needs. Since we’re in a drop-free zone just steps from the Northeast Minneapolis rail yard, getting your shipment on its way won’t cost you any extra.

Expertise

There’s nothing wrong with giving newbies a shot for your more general packing and shipping needs. But when it comes to particularly delicate, hazardous, or heavy items, you’re going to want to work with the pros. Not only do we have the experience and materials to get your items safely to their destination, but we also pay very close attention to dimensions and weight to help minimize shipping costs. Don’t pay extra for space you don’t need on trucks, ships, and cargo planes!

Why risk damage, dropping, and environmental dangers when Total Export, Inc. could handle all your shipping needs, from initial measurements to final delivery? Reach out for any questions you have about domestic and export packing and crating. We’re happy to help!

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Tips for Choosing Wooden Shipping Crates. https://totalexport.net/tips-for-choosing-wooden-shipping-crates/ https://totalexport.net/tips-for-choosing-wooden-shipping-crates/#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2020 19:36:35 +0000 https://totalexport.net/?p=1083 Just about every industry has a need for wooden shipping crates, but the options can beoverwhelming. The range of materials, protective supplies, and sizes is huge. Then, once you’vemade those decisions, you have to find a wooden shipping crates supplier that offers everythingyou’re looking for at a price that’s within your budget.To help you get started, we put together a ... Read More

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Just about every industry has a need for wooden shipping crates, but the options can be
overwhelming. The range of materials, protective supplies, and sizes is huge. Then, once you’ve
made those decisions, you have to find a wooden shipping crates supplier that offers everything
you’re looking for at a price that’s within your budget.
To help you get started, we put together a handy guide for choosing the right wooden shipping crates
for your items.


Pre-Built or Custom?

Pre-built crates can be tempting, but they often aren’t optimized to your product. That means you’re
risking damage and unnecessary floor space fees, which can quickly turn your choice of a relatively
inexpensive crate into a much more costly one.
On the other hand, custom crates can be designed with specific dimensions and safety features that
are made for the specific item you’re shipping. Better yet, you don’t have to let a company pack your
crate to get the customization. At Total Export, Inc., we can provide custom wooden shipping crate
kits complete with everything you need to properly pack up your items.


Materials and Components


There’s a lot that goes into keeping your shipment above the warehouse floor, including boxes, pallets, and
wooden skids. Buying all of those materials separately can be a huge drain on time, money, and resources. A
better option would be finding a supplier who can provide both custom crates and all of the other elements
you’ll need to pack your equipment up correctly. We can design custom packaging for you, along with the other
components you’ll need to get your shipment on its way. That includes:
● Boxes
● Crates
● Pallets
● Skids
● Cardboard
● Foam
● Ramps
● Hinges
● Latches


Safety and Protection


Films, foils, desiccants, and corrosion protection… All or some of these are necessary to secure and
protect your goods during shipment. They provide shock protection, bump protections, and protect
your shipment from moisture. And that’s just for standard products. In some cases, extra care is
required before a package can leave your facility. Along with our wooden shipping crates, we can
provide all the packaging supplies you’ll need:
● Stretch film
● Shrink film
● Thermoforming film
● Vaporbarrier foil
● Anti-corrosion foil
● Aluminum foil
● Cortec Corrosion Protection
● Milspec bags, material, foil, and craf
● Desiccant moisture-absorbing materials
If you’re ready to ship your goods yourself, your best bet is custom or specialty packaging supplies.
At Total Export, Inc., we have everything you need to get started shipping without the hassle of
multiple vendors, extra floor space fees due to standard crate sizing, or worrying about whether your
shipment will arrive undamaged. Let us use our decades of expertise to help you make the right call
for all of your cargo.

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On-Site or Off-Site, Crating Services Offer ShippingSolutions https://totalexport.net/on-site-or-off-site-crating-services-offer-shippingsolutions/ https://totalexport.net/on-site-or-off-site-crating-services-offer-shippingsolutions/#respond Sat, 14 Nov 2020 15:50:36 +0000 https://totalexport.net/?p=1070 Whatever industry you work in, it’s important that everything that leaves your warehouse arrives safely at its final destination. But before it gets there, your cargo can take a beating.

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Whatever industry you work in, it’s important that everything that leaves your warehouse arrives safely at its final destination. But before it gets there, your cargo can take a beating. It has to contend with bad weather, moisture, shock from loading and unloading, and countless other bumps in the road, both literal and figurative.

Custom Crating Services Wherever You Are.

Crating services are a necessary step in getting your freight from Point A to Point B, without worrying about whether or not it will arrive without damage.

That’s why Total Export Inc. offers both on-site and off-site crating. We know that some shipments are too awkward or delicate to move without the protection that a crating service offers. Instead, our team will come to you. You get the same incredible service that you would in-house, without the time and stress of moving your cargo out of your warehouse and into ours.

Whichever option you choose, it starts with a consultation. During that time, we’ll turn an expert eye to your cargo, taking into consideration the dimensions and weight, as well as the route it’s going to travel. From there, we’ll design a custom crate that will provide protection, optimize your shipping space, and check off all the boxes regarding shipping regulations.

After your consultation, we’ll get to work creating crating solutions that meet your exact specifications. On packing day, you’ll either bring your shipment to us, or we’ll arrive at your facility with a dedicated team and all the materials necessary to pack your cargo correctly. Then, we’ll get to work building, ensuring that your items are immobile within their crate to prevent damage.

When the job’s done, we also offer transloading services. We can package, palletize, weight, document, load the container, and prepare your bills of lading. From packaging to arrival, Total Export Inc. keeps your shipments moving.

Your shipments are an investment, and those investments need to be protected. The best way to provide that protection is by ensuring that no item or equipment leaves your site without the proper packaging. Total Export creates custom solutions for items that are too big, too heavy, too delicate, or too hazardous. Our team will work to put together the proper paperwork, design, and build the right crating solution at the right price.

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Custom Crating: The Safer Way to Ship https://totalexport.net/custom-crating-the-safer-way-to-ship/ https://totalexport.net/custom-crating-the-safer-way-to-ship/#respond Fri, 23 Oct 2020 16:32:44 +0000 https://totalexport.net/?p=1063 Whether it’s a rare, antique clock or a large, but delicate piece of industrial equipment, there are just some shipments where a standard pallet won’t work. When it comes to shipping your freight, there’s nothing that can provide the protection and sizing you need better than custom crating. With our custom crating service, you can ship just about anything with the peace of mind that your item will arrive safely.

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Whether it’s a rare, antique clock or a large, but delicate piece of industrial equipment, there are just some shipments where a standard pallet won’t work. When it comes to shipping your freight, there’s nothing that can provide the protection and sizing you need better than custom crating. With our custom crating service, you can ship just about anything with the peace of mind that your item will arrive safely. 

So, what exactly makes this service your best choice for fragile, oversized, or irregularly-shaped items? It comes down to time, safety, and storage optimization. 

Time

You want to protect your freight, but it’s a big job. Between measuring, building, and finally packing, there’s a big list of tasks you’ll need to cover to ensure you’ve done the job right. Instead of worrying about doing your own custom crating, let the team of professionals at Total Export Inc. take care of your cargo. We have the materials and expertise to get the job done right, and in a timely manner. That means less stress for you, and more confidence that your shipment will arrive safely. 

Safety

Transocean cargo ships move quickly, through choppy seas, rough weather, and anything else Mother Nature has to throw at it. Custom crating ensures that your shipment arrives in the same condition it was in when it left your warehouse. We offer a comprehensive range of safety package options, including heat shrink, vapor barrier bags, specialty compression foam, and floating deck shock mounts. When we are packing your freight, we’ll use our expertise to choose the right materials in the right configuration to ensure its safe arrival. 

Storage Optimization

Warehouse space is precious, especially if your equipment is stored uncrated. Additionally, with shipping priced according to the size of your cargo, your packaging needs to be as close to the actual dimensions of your equipment as possible. With custom crating, we can turn your irregularly shaped equipment into easily storable, stackable space-savers. Our packaging professionals pay close attention to the dimensions and weight of your equipment to protect your shipment while minimizing transportation costs. 

At Total Export Inc., we’ve spent decades learning the ins and outs of the export and packaging industry. Our crew has seen just about every item you can imagine shipping, and we’re happy to help you ensure its safety on the journey. We pride ourselves on providing outstanding work at a fair price, and we’re dedicated to doing the right thing for each of our customers. Give us a call or stop by our website to request a quote, and let Total Export Inc. take care of your project.

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Is Your Shipping Company Prepared for a Cyber Attack? https://totalexport.net/is-your-shipping-company-prepared-for-a-cyber-attack/ https://totalexport.net/is-your-shipping-company-prepared-for-a-cyber-attack/#respond Mon, 11 May 2020 11:47:25 +0000 https://totalexport.net/?p=1029 Is Your Shipping Company Prepared for a Cyber Attack? When your product moves across road, rail, sea, or air, it’s part of a global network that generates morethan a trillion dollars and moves billions of tons of material every year. It’s no wonder that a country’stransportation system is considered its lifeline. We’ve seen recently how severe weather can cripple a ... Read More

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Is Your Shipping Company Prepared for a Cyber Attack?

When your product moves across road, rail, sea, or air, it’s part of a global network that generates more
than a trillion dollars and moves billions of tons of material every year. It’s no wonder that a country’s
transportation system is considered its lifeline.


We’ve seen recently how severe weather can cripple a nation’s transportation system. But hurricanes and
other natural disasters are just one threat to this vital, international network. A larger threat looms largely
unseen: cyber-attacks.


Cyber-Attacks: The Most Ignored Threat to Our Transportation System.

Adopting technologies to improve transportation efficiency and safety is definitely a step in the right
direction. But with more than trillion dollars and billions of tons of goods at risk, it is very surprising that
just 12 percent of maritime transportation crews worldwide have received any cybersecurity training. Just
half of ship crews receive guidelines on how or when to use ship technology for personal use.


Former FBI director Robert Mueller once said, “I am convinced that there are only two types of
companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be.” The lack of training and guidelines on
cyber security leaves the transportation industry open to cyber-attack across all modalities.


Points of Progress in Transportation Cyber security


Fortunately, some companies and international ports are starting to understand the necessity of
protecting their systems from cyber-attack. In the United States, the American Association of Port
Authorities is working with the US Coast Guard to develop cyber security protocols that keep the ports
productive and secure. Internationally, shipping companies have started to implement a variety of
cyber security products to reduce hacks and even terrorism directed at their vessels.


More recently, a consortium of international shipping companies released the second edition of “The
Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships” to help companies create and implement cyber security
protocols. In the United States, Senator Edward Markey (D–Mass.) introduced a bill that would require the
Federal Aviation Administration to develop cybersecurity guidelines for airlines.


There is still much to be done to improve the defenses of the shipping industry against cyber-attack.
Before you choose your next shipping company, ask about their cybersecurity protocols. If you get a
blank look or pregnant pause, consider working with a different company. Contact Total Export at 612-788-9777 today.

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3 Things to Know about Shipping Dangerous Goods Overseas https://totalexport.net/3-things-to-know-about-shipping-dangerous-goods-overseas/ https://totalexport.net/3-things-to-know-about-shipping-dangerous-goods-overseas/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2020 20:46:01 +0000 https://totalexport.net/?p=1004 3 Things to Know about Shipping Dangerous Goods Overseas Many of today’s global industries require the shipment of hazardous materials overseas. Shipping dangerous goods is more complicated than shipping non-hazardous materials. Dangerous goods require specific documentation and special packaging materials and methods depending on the potential hazards they present. That’s why it’s important to partner with a company like Total ... Read More

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3 Things to Know about Shipping Dangerous Goods Overseas

Many of today’s global industries require the shipment of hazardous materials overseas. Shipping dangerous goods is more complicated than shipping non-hazardous materials. Dangerous goods require specific documentation and special packaging materials and methods depending on the potential hazards they present. That’s why it’s important to partner with a company like Total Export that specializes in packaging, , and exporting dangerous goods, and partners with companies to ship your products safely anywhere in the world.

  1. Dangerous goods are classified into nine categories.

The United Nations Committee of Experts classifies dangerous goods into nine categories from most to least hazardous. The committee also make recommendations on how to ship these goods internationally.

The most hazardous materials are explosives (class 1), gasses (class 2), flammable liquids (class 3), and flammable solids (class 4). Classes 5 through 9 are, respectively, oxidizing substances and organic peroxides, toxic and infectious substances, radioactive material, corrosives, and miscellaneous dangerous goods.

  1. Shipping dangerous goods requires specific documentation.

Shipping dangerous goods requires more than a “caution” sticker and a secure container. Depending on its class, your shipment will need to include a dangerous goods declaration, documentation of special permissions or exceptions relevant to your goods, authority approvals, safety checklists, and other labeling and packaging requirements. Total Export is an expert in labeling and shipping requirements for all classes of dangerous goods so you know your shipment will make it to its destination safely and on time.

  1. Dangerous goods have extraordinary shipping requirements.

Special considerations for dangerous goods goes beyond documentation. Every hazardous material requires specific packaging to prevent accidents during shipment. Your dangerous goods must be stored, loaded, and then stowed in a way that minimizes the chance they will cause an incident. Everyone in your transportation chain—from the team designing your packaging to the crew unloading your goods at port—must be trained to handle hazardous materials.

Some examples of special shipping requirements include separating materials that may cause damage when exposed to each other and properly protecting materials that become hazardous when wet. Your shipment should include a list of potential hazards and how crews can mitigate or reduce damage in the event of an incident.

Shipping dangerous goods requires expertise and experience. Work with Total Export to get the knowledgeable advice you need to ship your hazardous materials safely and on time. Contact us today at 612-788-9777.

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To Cut Costs, Transform from Just a CFO into Your Company’s Go-To Strategist https://totalexport.net/to-cut-costs-transform-from-just-a-cfo-into-your-companys-go-to-strategist/ https://totalexport.net/to-cut-costs-transform-from-just-a-cfo-into-your-companys-go-to-strategist/#respond Thu, 28 Dec 2017 21:39:49 +0000 http://totalexport.net/?p=916 Today’s CFOs are more than just numbers nerds. Increasingly, CFOs are transforming their roles as their companies’ financial experts into go-to strategists who provide valuable insights and direction to the futures of their firms. Here are a few ways CFOs are innovating within their roles—and saving their companies money in the process. CFOs are leveraging technology. Technology is your greatest ... Read More

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Today’s CFOs are more than just numbers nerds. Increasingly, CFOs are transforming their roles as their companies’ financial experts into go-to strategists who provide valuable insights and direction to the futures of their firms. Here are a few ways CFOs are innovating within their roles—and saving their companies money in the process.

CFOs are leveraging technology.
Technology is your greatest ally as you transform into your company’s go-to strategist. Automating your company’s processes, from employee time and task reporting to accounting and invoicing, can save your company money while making your team more productive.

Integrating technology into your company’s processes also reaps another benefit. It provides you with data so you can gain valuable insights into how you can improve operations to cut costs even more.

CFOs think strategically.
Cuts to specific departments and programs certainly save money in the short term. But piecemeal cuts that lack a broader vision don’t do much to curb costs long-term. Instead, take a 10,000-foot view of the cuts you’re considering making. Will they help you adapt to changes in the market or economy? How would they impact ROI or product value? Do they help you streamline your processes or complicate them?

CFOs uncover hidden costs.
Once you’ve invested in technologies to automate and streamline your operations, you’ll likely uncover hidden costs that have been draining profits without your knowledge. Some companies find their mobile and remote workforces are costing much more than they think. Others discover their investment in a company- or department-wide training didn’t pay dividends. By thinking strategically and making the investment in technology, you can save your company hidden costs.

Innovating within your role as CFO can help transform your company—and increase your value to the company as its go-to strategist as your insights help increase productivity and cut costs. If you’re the CFO of a company that sells products overseas, Total Export could help you cut costs in your export process. Call us today at 612-788-9777.

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Key Financial Considerations for Companies Thinking about Exporting https://totalexport.net/key-financial-considerations-for-companies-thinking-about-exporting/ https://totalexport.net/key-financial-considerations-for-companies-thinking-about-exporting/#respond Thu, 28 Dec 2017 21:37:54 +0000 http://totalexport.net/?p=912 Have a product that’s selling so well in the states that you’re considering expanding into the global marketplace? That’s great news! Before you jump in, the experts at Total Export want to share a few key financial considerations with you to help you make the most of your investment overseas. Are you ready to manage overseas relationships? If you think ... Read More

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Have a product that’s selling so well in the states that you’re considering expanding into the global marketplace? That’s great news! Before you jump in, the experts at Total Export want to share a few key financial considerations with you to help you make the most of your investment overseas.

Are you ready to manage overseas relationships?
If you think vetting potential and current customers is tough in the United States, get ready for an even more complex process for international customers. Before venturing into the global market, it’s absolutely necessary to do your due diligence in vetting the companies that will purchase from you. We recommend checking their credit histories on a regular basis. Don’t forget to vet the individual directors of potential customers, too.

How about the complicated process of invoicing and payment collection?
In a recent survey of 500 companies who export products, respondents indicated that the volatility of currency exchange rates is their top concern in international invoicing and payment collection. But limited payment visibility, complicated and varied bank fees, and inefficient invoicing and payment collection processes are also special challenges in the global market.

Before making the leap into the international market, take the time to understand how different invoicing requirements, taxes, tariffs, and even time zones and languages will affect your invoicing and payment processes. Also take into account the limited legal recourse you’ll have holding companies accountable across national borders.

Do you have a US-based resource for exporting your goods?
Once you have a plan for managing overseas relationships and a process to invoice and collect payment from international customers, it’s time to consider the logistics involved in shipping and selling products overseas. Every country has its own tariffs, taxes, documentation rules, and labeling requirements. If you don’t comply with these regulations, you’ll waste time and money on delayed shipments.

To ensure your products arrive at their destinations on time and undamaged, you need to partner with an export company that understands the complex export process and can create a custom packaging and containerization solution for your product. Total Export has decades of experience developing custom solutions for products of all sizes. We have the resources and staff to help make the export process seamless for you. For help exporting your popular product, call Total Export at 612-788-9777 today.

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